BY BANKERS REPORTER
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has recognised its top 40 most compliant tax payers in the country during the pandemic.
URA also recognized its former commissioner general, Allen Kagina and Doris Akol, for their outstanding contributions to the growth of Uganda’s tax administration and recognition at the regional and international arenas.
The two former commissioners general bagged each, a lifetime achievement award, for their good track records and transformational leadership that saw the tax body grow into a respectable authority.
This was during the sixth taxpayers’ appreciation event held on December 10, 2021. URA said the two former heads were also recognised for implementing major reforms that have since modernised the tax body and increased its efficiency in service delivery.
Allen Catherine Kagina was, for instance, credited for re-engineering and automating key business processes, improving staff welfare and the introduction of science in revenue administration.
Kagina was responsible for introducing the balanced scorecard as a tool for effective strategy management.
John Musinguzi, the URA Commissioner General said the Government is encouraging all businesses to register and pay taxes so as to effectively mobilize resources, administer and deliver services.
The awards were in various categories that covered companies across all regions of Uganda .and these comprised of individual, Non individual, institutional and private professional bodies.
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Finance Minister Matia Kasaija said: “I applaud the compliant taxpayers who continue to make a contribution to the socioeconomic transformation of our Country. All of us have a duty to pay taxes and its a noble thing to do. I thank URA leadership past and present for the achievements so far registered.
“Our economy is steadly recovering and URA must double efforts in revenue mobilization to increase tax to GDP ratio from the current 13% to more than 20% so that we can ably fund our budget using domestic resources & limited borrowing. Let us work hard to recover the economy.”